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Volume 1, Number 1                                                                                               Spring, 2005

We all have our Everests…

Jake Norton will help you climb yours.



…to the first issue of the MountainWorld Productions E-Newsletter! The following is an occasional newsletter from MountainWorld Productions. If you do not wish to receive future newsletters, or received this newsletter in error, please scroll to the bottom for unsubscribe information.

In this issue:

1.     Quote of the Month

2.     What is your Everest?

3.     News from Jake Norton

        No Everest this year…

        Fine Art online…

        Everest screensaver

        Upcoming Events & Travel…

        Autographed books…

4.     Contact Information

Quote of the Month


Commit yourself to a dream . . . Nobody who tries to do something great but fails is a total failure. Why? Because he can always rest assured that he succeeded in life's most important battle - he defeated the fear of trying.

- Robert H. Schuller

What is your Everest?


Text Box:  We all have Everests in our lives…Goals, dreams, those seemingly elusive summits that we would love to climb. What is your Everest? If you could do anything in your personal or professional life, what would it be?

I just returned from New England where I was delivering keynotes for various clients, and drove close to Mount Chicorua in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It was on the summit of Chicorua back in 1980 that I first developed the dream of one day climbing Everest. Of one day, under my own power, walking to the top of the world’s highest peak. Now, this was kind of strange coming from a kid from Topsfield, Massachusetts, where the local highpoint is roughly 387 feet above sea level…Not exactly the world hub of high altitude mountaineering!

Nonetheless, I made Everest my dream, my goal in life, despite the efforts of many to talk me out of it. Low and behold, it worked! I made it to Everest…five times. It was a long a difficult road, full of pitfalls and setbacks, but I made it.

And, I think it is precisely these pitfalls, these setbacks, these proverbial crevasses which stand between us and our summits that make attaining the summit so worthwhile. While we are en route, we push ourselves, we reach to our limits…and then some…and thus realize just how far we can go in life, just how much we can accomplish. It is only by attempting to climb our Everests that we grow to our fullest.

In 1923, after a lecture to a sold out crowd at the Broadhurst Theater in New York, the famous British pioneer climber George Leigh Mallory was asked why he wanted to go back to Everest…He tried to climb it in 1921 and 1922, and failed to reach the summit both times. He replied to the reporters:

The first question you will ask, and which I must try to answer is this: What is the use of climbing Mt. Everest? And my answer must at once be: It’s no use. There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever. Oh, we may learn a little about the behavior of the human body at high altitude, and perhaps medical men may turn our observation to some account for the purposes of aviation. But otherwise, nothing will come of it. We shall not bring back a single bit of gold or silver, not a gem, nor any coal or iron. We shall not find a single bit of earth to plant crops and raise food. It’s no use. So if you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain…and goes out to meet it. That the struggle is the struggle of life itself, upward  and forever upward, then you won’t see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money…We eat and make money to be able to enjoy life and live it to its fullest. That is what life means and what life is for.

Very true. It is in our nature to push, to climb to ever higher summits in our lives, in our careers.

So, what is your Everest?

2006 Jake Norton/MountainWorld Productions. All Rights Reserved.



Aaah, spring. Something we often take for granted. I must say, it is a pleasure to finally see it in Colorado again. This is the first year since 1999 that I have not been on Everest or Cho Oyu for the spring season…And, it feels quite good!

Yes, I miss my good friends in Nepal and Tibet, and there is a bit of nostalgia for the mountain, the struggle of climbing, and the crisp, clear air of the high Himalaya. But, to be honest, it is nice to not don my down suit, eat ramen noodles, and travel from winter in Colorado to…winter in Asia!

But, Everest will undoubtedly beckon again. Its siren song is often ignored, but seldom resisted. I am sure I will return, but not before savoring the beauty of Spring in the Rocky Mountains!

See images of Everest here!

Fine Art online…


Due to the high volume of inquiries about Jake’s photography as fine art prints for home or office, we put up an e-commerce enabled gallery on Yessy. If you are interested in prints for your home or office, have a look: www.yessy.com/mountainworld. Additional images will be added in the future.

Everest Screensaver

Want to have the beauty of the high Himalaya right on your desktop? Jake has put together a screensaver of his stunning images from Everest and the Himalaya. Visit MountainWorld Productions to get yours today!

Autographed Books…


Jake was a photographer for and climbing team member of the 1999, 2001, and 2004 Mallory & Irvine Research Expeditions to Everest, which made groundbreaking discoveries about one of the biggest mysteries of exploration history.

Two books on the expeditions – Ghosts of Everest (1999) and Detectives on Everest (2001) – were published. Visit Jake’s eBay Store to buy an autographed copy of either…or both!


Upcoming Events & Travel…


Jake is always on the road, traveling to speaking engagements, working as a photographer on location, or leading expeditions for International Mountain Guides.

        In September, 2005, Jake will attend and present his keynote Lost on Everest: The Enduring Mystery of Mallory & Irvine at the Rainier Mountain Festival in Ashford, Washington. Admission is free, so come and join Jake and other Everest climbers!

        Immediately after the Rainier Mountain Festival, Jake will fly to Tanzania to lead an expedition up Mount Kilimanjaro for International Mountain Guides.

        Browse Jake’s online portfolios or search his online database to see images from his past adventures, or visit his fine art site at Yessy.

Please visit his Schedule page to see where he is off to next!

Contact Information…


Jake Norton is a professional speaker, photographer, climber, and guide from Colorado. He delivers high-impact, multi-media motivational presentations to audiences worldwide, inspiring them to set lofty goals in life and giving them the tools to climb them.

Have a question about Jake Norton or MountainWorld Productions? Please contact us at:

Jake Norton
MountainWorld Productions
2002 Ford Street
Golden, CO  80401

Ph: 303.902.7475

Fax: 303.277.1911

Email: keynote@jakenorton.com

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